TIME

The funny thing about time is how much it dictates your life – you’re running late or you’re on time or you’re early or prehaps you’ve got time to kill or looking for something to pass the time or desperately seeking the illusive ‘me time’. But does anyone just stop and appreciate time? How often do you just make the most of the time you’ve got? Pause and just be in the moment. People can’t just ‘be’ anymore. There’s always something to be caught on film or camera. The first time my son attempted his version of crawling I watched it through my smart phone as I was trying to capture the moment to share it with everyone else – why?

Time is precious. Moments of time are taken for granted and if you add up all the moments in time you’ve missed or over looked or failed to focus on, you’ve probably missed out on hours if not days, weeks or months of your very own life. There are events in life which change your mindset and make you think differently about time. They make you realise what you’ve got or what you had – why didn’t you appreciate it before? Because you took it for granted.

The last two weeks of my life have been an absolute whirlwind. You think things are coming together, you think maybe (for a change) things are how you want them to be but then life throws everything up in the air and suddenly time stands still. Everyday waiting on a phonecall or a test result or a moment when you don’t feel like your heart is free falling through your entire body. The last two weeks have dragged and I’ve wished my time away.

The funny thing about time is, time can’t win, it goes too fast, drags or there isn’t enough of it. Make the most of your time, take a moment to look around you, appreciate who you have in your life, what you’ve got and embrace everything you’ve ever taken for granted because one day something might threaten what you’ve got and the time you have and that’s when you realise that actually, times the most precious thing of all.

Has social media lost the social?

Ok I confess, I’m a serial Insta addict. There have been plenty of times I’ve said to Mark I don’t feel like we talk anymore, especially since becoming parents. His response? You’re always on your phone. Possibly true.

I’ve gone through phases with social media, I love the thrill of starting a new account, meeting new people, developing new content and devising a strategy based on my aims and goals. But recently I’ve fallen out of love with the whole thing. Far too many accounts are left to automated software to like, comment and post – but what does that leave you with? An anti social platform where robots simply follow and unfollow all whilst leaving random comments on your posts. This week I’ve been told I’d be an ‘amazing brand rep’ for a childrens book about an alien in Hawaii and make (cue best American accent) an ‘awesome brand enthusiast’ for a company in the States that appears to do nothing more than draw tits on t-shirts and sell them for $50 a time! And when I responded to these comments and questioned what in actual fact makes my account so perfect for these products?….

Tumbleweed, nothing, silence.

So whilst it may have appeared slightly bizarre to start a whole new Instagram account, I’d had enough of the bots, the brand reps, the ‘#ad’, the follow loops and all that other ‘blah’ stuff. It’s time to put the ‘social’ back into social media, build supportive online communities and get conversations going again.

I may have gone from having almost 12000 followers on my old account but right now I’m more than happy with the 40 something followers who have decided to come along for the ride at my new little insta address.

So if you’re a real person reading this, swing by my account, let me know you exist maybe even reach out and say hi. Together lets put the social back into social media.

Wishing you a thoroughly sociable week,
Amanda x

Find me @home_of_the_little_something

on Instagram (of course)

Setting the goals

So I think I’ve found my favourite new flowers, at a time I’m also trying to find a new direction.

I think one of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt over the past few months is that you can’t do it all. I’ve never relied on what I do on Instagram to pay my bills (my real job does that) but I have relied on Instagram as an outlet, a way of connecting with people who have similar interests and ultimately what I get up to on here is my hobby.

Do I want to share everything about my life? Not really. Snippets of my life is fine but having run down my shop and changed my insta handle to match my blog, I’m kinda feeling what now? What next? Do I even need a direction?

I follow so many different accounts on Instagram and speak to so many people that more often than not, I’m hearing people say they feel restricted by the persona they’ve created on social media, feeling like they can’t stray from the online identity they’ve created for themselves. So what do you do? Join the masses? Post aimless daily instastories? Take a ton of photos hoping to get the perfect shot for your page? Is that what social medias really all about?

I spoke to someone recently who said before you can set your goals you need an aim. So what are my aims? What’s the purpose behind the page?

I’m constantly working on so many new projects, maybe it’s time to streamline, refocus & make social media more about the social again. But for now I need to make it a hobby again, focus on the purpose and reset the goals…watch this space.